The Last Minstrels
Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic ArtseBook - 2008
Recovering a lost literary movement that was the most consuming preoccupation of W. B. Yeats's literary life and the most integral to his poetry and drama, Ronald Schuchard's The Last Minstrels provides an historical, biographical, and critical reconstruction of the poet's lifelong attempt to restore an oral tradition by reviving the bardic arts of chanting and musical speech. From the beginning of his career Yeats was determined to return the 'livingvoice' of the poet from exile to the centre of culture - on its platforms, stages, and streets - thereby establishing a spiritual democracy in the arts for the non-reading as well as the reading public.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 447 pages) : illustrations